Gun cops on the streets

SIR – I live in Berkeley Close which is north of the old Hertford Road which is banned to through traffic. Like many other people I sometimes use this cut through. I know that it is illegal but fail to see why it has been so designated. The reason that I

SIR - I live in Berkeley Close which is north of the old Hertford Road which is banned to through traffic.

Like many other people I sometimes use this cut through. I know that it is illegal but fail to see why it has been so designated. The reason that I use this run at times is that during busy times it is almost impossible to cross a very busy junction from Broadwater Crescent where there is no roundabout in place and, I must say, you take your life in your hands trying to cross it. If you go through the banned route you come to a roundabout making it safe and easy to cross the traffic.

Today, while going through this route, I was stopped by two police officers who were hiding in a side street. The police officer was very polite while he issued me with a fixed penalty notice. I asked him if he could tell me why this route was banned. He could not.

While he was writing my ticket I looked down and noticed that the police officer was wearing a gun. I asked him if this was now normal, he said no. I then looked at his colleague, he was also armed.


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Is it such a risky job stopping motorists going through the bus lane at 8.15am that it requires a highly trained and specialist team of police officers or is it, as I suspect, a complete waste of resources maybe to collect enough money to pay for our new police station?

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